Northwest programs donate PPE supplies to state

A team of staff and faculty members from Northwest Mississippi Community College have proudly worked together to coordinate a donation of  personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) in an effort to assist the state’s first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We were happy to work with the Mississippi Hospital Association and the Mississippi Department of Health to collect such sought-after PPE supplies for our hospitals,” said Patti Gordon, Northwest’s executive director of Institutional Advancement and the coordinator of the donation effort. “Northwest program directors were already working extra hard to transition to an instructional online format, but gladly took the time to get extra PPE supplies together for this important mission.”

According to Gordon, supplies came from the college’s associate degree nursing, practical nursing, cardiovascular technology, and surgical technology programs. Northwest initiated the effort after the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the American Association of Community Colleges encouraged colleges to help their local agencies.

Joining in this effort were Dr. Denise Bynum, director of Nursing Instruction, Dr. Stephanie Mullins, director of Practical Nursing, Ricky Stevens, Cardiovascular Technology instructor, Dr. Don Jones, dean of Northwest’s Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford, Jenny Hurt, Institutional Advancement specialist, David Kuchta, paramedic program director, and Northwest housekeeping employees.

The supplies were picked up by MSDH Emergency Response Coordinator Curtis Jernigan, and have been transported to Jackson. They will be distributed throughout the state where needed.

“Many thanks to all who helped in gathering, moving and loading these invaluable supplies for our frontline workers,” Gordon said.

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Northwest Mississippi Community College programs recently made a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Mississippi State Health Department (MSDH) to assist first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Pictured: (from left) Curtis Jernigan, MSDH emergency response coordinator, Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest president, Denise Bynum, Northwest director of Nursing Instruction, Zabe Davis, Northwest chief of police, Stephanie Mullins, Northwest director of Practical Nursing, and Patti Gordon, Northwest executive director of Institutional Advancement.
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